Indiana Home lives as much as its promise to help native state meals banks

Indiana House members raised more than $ 7,500 and raised more than 1,100 groceries during this year’s legislature to donate to Feeding Indianas Hungry, an association of 11 Hoosier food banks, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

State officials also volunteered with local food banks as part of the House’s 11th consecutive joint aid project to Republican and Democratic lawmakers, a tradition started in 2011 by retired House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis.

In Merrillville, Hal Slager State Representative, R-Schererville, and Julie Olthoff State Representative, R-Crown Point, recently spent a day packing groceries and loading the boxes into the vehicles of food unsafe hoosiers serving the Region visit food bank.

“Local food banks like the one here in northwest Indiana are doing a phenomenal job of collecting and providing the necessary items for hoosiers in need,” said Olthoff.

“Fortunately, with the help of food banks and Feeding, Indiana’s Hungry Meals are being donated in large numbers to support struggling individuals and families across the state.”

The Food Bank in northwest Indiana serves Lake and Porter counties. Some of the most needed items include macaroni and cheese, canned protein, and peanut butter.

People looking for help, donating, or volunteering can find more information online at

“If you have all week off or have extra food in your pantry, you can volunteer at a nearby grocery bank or donate canned goods and other non-perishable items to help your community,” Slager said.

The Indiana General Assembly last month also increased state funding for food banks in Indiana to $ 1 million per year in 2022 and 2023, up from $ 300,000 per year in the current 2020-21 state budget.

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